Colleges Crossing

A 1894 notice regarding the opening of the bridge crossing

Colleges Crossing is a Brisbane River bridge that crosses at Chuwar, a suburb of Ipswich in South East Queensland, Australia. The location is the point where the tidal influences no longer affect the waters of the river.[citation needed] The road across the bridge is Mount Crosby Road. During major floods the road becomes impassable.

The crossing was constructed to replace a previous structure which had been washed away during floods. It was opened in 1894 with a ceremony that was attended by the Mayor of Ipswich, H.E. Wyman.

Located here was a park, known as Colleges Crossing Recreational Reserve. It was completely destroyed during the 2010-11 floods, which saw a rise in the water level of over 17 metres with strong currents.[1]

The park was equipped with barbecues, playground facilities, a cafe, lookouts, boat ramp, bird hide and clean water for drinking.[2] Swimming, canoeing, kayaking and fishing were also popular in the area.[3]

Four and half kilometres upstream from Colleges Crossing is the Mount Crosby Weir and Mount Crosby Pumping Station. Downstream from the crossing swimming is not recommended due to the presence of bull sharks and due to poor water quality.[citation needed] In January 1939 the Courier Mail reported the landing of a 4ft 6in bluenose shark on a rod and reel at the popular bathing spot.

See also

  • Bridges over the Brisbane River

References

Coordinates: 27°33′25″S 152°48′15″E / 27.5569°S 152.8041°E / -27.5569; 152.8041



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